October 17, 2008, Newsletter Issue #92: Gynecomastia Treatment Options

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Men who suffer from gynecomastia, or overly large breasts, have a number of different treatment options available. One of the most effective treatment options is to undergo a breast reduction surgery. For many patients, this treatment option is ideal, although it is invasive. The results of the procedure are obvious relatively quickly and are generally permanent, although factors like weight gain and aging can contribute to the condition resurfacing. During a breast reduction surgery to treat gynecomastia, a liposuction procedure is performed to remove excess fatty tissue from the breasts. Additionally, the remaining breast tissue may be reshaped to create a more masculine appearance.

Some patients may opt for hormonal treatments to treat gynecomastia. This includes the administration of male hormones, such as androgens, to counteract an excess of female hormones known as estrogen. This treatment is based on the premise that excess estrogen causes the abnormally large breast size in men. However, this treatment will not be effective if a hormonal imbalance is not causing the gynecomastia.

Other treatment options for gynecomastia include using clothing to mask the condition. This option is ideal for patients who do not wish to undergo a surgical or hormonal treatment plan. The use of clothing to mask gynecomastia can be effective to some extent, but it is much less effective than other treatment options.

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